Student News


June 25, 2024, Imani Conway, presented a poster with Dr. Andrea Kalfoglou entitled Echos of Trauma: The Lingering Health Effects of Childhood Sexual Abuse – a Scoping Review. The presentation was part of the Moore Center for the Prevention of Childhood Sexual Abuse’s 10th annual conference, Envision: The Future of Prevention, in Washington, DC.

Imani Conway


April 2024, Way to go students from PBHL 355, Health Justice and Advocacy, for promoting Retriever Essentials during National Public Health Week!

Marina Stehman, Maya Hunn, Shane Davis

March 2024, We would like to congratulate the following new student awardees:

  • Outstanding Student in Sociology: Ellie Ober
  • Outstanding Student in Anthropology: Tristan Diaz
  • The David and Jeannette Lewis Memorial Scholarship Award: Savannah Hutsell, Sean McNutt, Moanililia Miller, and Max Wasti
  • Public Health Council of Major’s Book Scholarship: Nayib Mejia, Safiya Sannoh
  • Barbara E. Burkman Scholarship: Suliyat Adewuyi, Imani Conway
  • Outstanding Student in Public Health: Emma Golus

October 2023, American Society for Bioethics and Humanities annual meeting in Baltimore. UMBC students Maya Hunn, Vighnesh Sivaprakasm, Taiwo San-Ojikutu, Kethya KalakiDemetrie Garner, and Rewina Embaye were invited to join other undergraduate students from across the U.S. who had received a DEIA undergraduate travel scholarship. These students were treated to dinner at the Lebanese Taverna where they were matched with faculty mentors. UMBC students were invited to attend a reception sponsored by the Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics where they were able to use their professional networking skills.

UMBC students Maya Hunn, Vighnesh Sivaprakasm, Taiwo San-Ojikutu, Kethya Kalaki, Rewina Embaye waiting for a panel on Reimagining Black Health in the Age of Black Lives MatterUMBC students Taiwo San-Ojikutu, Rewina Embaye, and Vighnesh Sivaprakasm meet Jeff Kahn, Director of the Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics

May 2022, Caleb Jacobsen, M.A. in Applied Sociology, was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to study human rights and the transition to peace in El-Salvador.


Research Activity

April 2024, We are thrilled to announce the students who presented their research at URCAD this year:

Suliyat Adewuyi (SMART scholar):

Topic: Immigrant Status And Social Ties: An Intersectional Analysis Of Older Adults In The United States

Tristan Diaz:

Topic: From Trash To Treasure: Toxic Tourism, Subjunctive Measures Of Safety, And Redevelopment In The Baltimore Inner Harbor

Maya Hunn:

Topic: What Maryland public 2- and 4-yr colleges are doing to assess and address college food insecurity

Mica Jardine:

Topic: The Quest For The White Coat: An Ethnographic Exploration Of Students’ Pre-Med Journeys

Moanililia Miller:

Topic: What’s the Difference? An ethnographic exploration of diversity and connection on a multicultural university campus

Emmanuella Osei (McNair scholar):

Topic: Food Insecurity Among College Students At A Minority Serving Institution

Emmanuella Osei and Suliyat Adewuyi at URCAD

Emmanuella Osei, Suliyat Adewuyi, Dr. Sameera Nayak, and friends at URCAD

Mica Jardine presenting her research at URCAD

Dr. Sameera Nayak and Suliyat Adewuyi next to Suliyat’s research poster

Maya Hunn giving an oral presentation of her research

Dr. Bambi Chapin and Mica Jardine next to Mica’s research poster

Emmanuella Osei and friends in front of Emmanuella’s research poster

Dr. Camee Maddox-Wingfield, Tristan Diaz and Dr. Bambi Chapin at URCAD

Mica Jardine and friends at URCAD

Moanililia Miller and Dr. Bambi Chapin at URCAD

Spring 2024, Public Health undergraduate student and McNair Scholar, Emmanuella Osei, is researching food insecurity among college students. Last semester, she presented her research proposal in her McNair course and was one of two students selected to conduct her research this semester as a Scholar Research Institute (SRI) fellow. She will be presenting at UMBC URCAD and the UMD McNair conference.

August 2023, graduate students Molly Finch, David Gilliland, and Markya Reed concluded a study of nearby Brooklyn that analyzed “How Age-Friendly is Brooklyn?”

April 2023, SAPH undergraduate students Amina Abubaker, Rokhaya Kane, Natalia Alfaro, Layla Ahmed, Meghan Dhond, Tristan Diaz, Leila Erickson, Demetrie Garner, Izzy Okojie, Arpita Tuladhur, and Zach Starr were selected to present their research at UMBC’s annual Undergraduate Research and Creative Achievement Day

May 2022, SAPH undergraduate students Zach Starr and Demetrie Garner were awarded funding through UMBC’s Undergraduate Research Award(URA) Grant to conduct their own research projects



Last updated on March 12th, 2024